The products that Tableau Software have created are an ingenious way of understanding data and also of collaborating with colleagues around the world. They do it with a simple “drag-and-drop” method of visualizing and interacting with data. Tableau states that any person of any skill level can use their products, as there are no wizards to use or scripts to write. Simply view your data as a graphic and use your own talents to interpret what they could mean. Any data can be explored, from Excel spreadsheets to Hadoop big data. Their Tableau Desktop product is considered “for everyone” to be able to use, and it can be downloaded from their website. Here is a video that goes into detail about Tableau Desktop:
Their website puts it into much better terms:
Tableau Desktop is data analysis that keeps up with you. It’s easy to learn, easy to use, and 10-100x faster than existing solutions. It’s built on breakthrough technology that translates pictures of data into optimized database queries. Use your natural ability to see patterns, identify trends and discover visual insights in seconds. No wizards, no scripts.
Connect to your data and perform queries without writing a single line of code. Follow your natural train of thought as you shift between views with drag-and-drop technology. Whether you measure your data in petabytes or in billions of rows, Tableau is built to work as fast as you do. It’s self-service analytics, for everyone.
Connect directly to your data for live, up-to-date data analysis that taps into the power of your data warehouse. Or extract data into Tableau’s blazing fast data engine and take advantage of breakthrough in-memory architecture. Or do both, for 2, 3, or even 10 different data sources and blend them all together. It’s up to you and your data.
Drive decisions using data. Combine multiple views into interactive dashboards. Highlight and filter data to show relationships. String together specific insights into a guided story to explain the ‘why’ behind your data. Share content using the web-based Tableau Server or Tableau Online. Build a data-driven culture.
Each of the products are geared towards a different function. Tableau Server, for instance, is focused more on organizations than individuals, although still, anyone can use it. Tableau Online brings your data into the cloud so that it can be accessed from anywhere where in the world. Tableau Public is for anyone who wants to tell interactive data stories on the web. Tableau Reader is a free desktop application that you can use to open and view visualizations built in Tableau Desktop. For information on Tableaus Online, Server, Public, and Reader, please find them at www.tableau.com/products.
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